No, I haven't tried doing an improv quilt again. I really am a staunch rules girl when it comes to quilting, well sort of anyway. But when it comes to baking I am definitely an improv baker.
Take, for instance, this recipe I saw on Sweetapolita's blog. Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Instant Fudge Frosting, what in this recipe's title doesn't scream "make me right now"?
Last week, our son, Evan (the chef), said that he was craving a mommy made-it meal. He asked, "Can me and Lauren come over for dinner next Wednesday and will you make Swedish Meatballs, mashed potatoes and cream corn?" "Well of course, said mommy, and I will bake a cake, too."
So today is Wednesday, I am making his favorite meal and I made this cake for dessert. Kyle found out I was making dinner, so he asked if he could come, too.
I pulled up the recipe on my laptop and started gathering the ingredients. Buttermilk, oh shoot, I don't have buttermilk. No problem, just add a tablespoon or two of white vinegar to some milk and instant buttermilk. Cake flour, huh? I didn't have any. I always use The Barefoot Contessa's substitute for cake flour...for every 2.5 cups of cake flour called for in a recipe, replace 1/4 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Ok, so now the cake is baked and it's time to make the frosting...
6 ounces of unsweetened, good quality baking chocolate. No problem, I always have that on hand, except today! So I found some chocolate that our son, Kyle, brought me from Brazil, it was really dark and dry so I figured it was not too sweet, then I had about 2 ounces of Ghiardelli bittersweet chocolate and for the rest I used some Trader Joe's "Dark Chocolate". Just to make sure it wasn't too sweet I threw in 1/4 cup of my favorite super dark cocoa powder, Cacao Barry Cocoa Powder – Extra Dark. The cool thing about this recipe, and something that I have never done, is make it in the food processor. I always make frosting in the Kitchen Aid Mixer, but for this recipe you literally put everything in the food processor, pulse it a few times to blend the ingredients and then put it on high and mix until fluffy. My kind of recipe!
The frosting is super rich and chocolatey and was easy to spread.
And, Mr. R and I had to cut a piece after I finished making it, of course, just to finish the photo shoot.
Oh, and that unsweetened baking chocolate...yep, I found it, after I had finished the cake and the clean up. Now I better get to making those meatballs for tonight's dinner.